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Knowledge of the past is essential in trying to understand and make sense of what is happening now. History at the Deanery will help students to do both through studying key events and individuals from the past, and the ways in which they have shaped our present. The curriculum will provide students with a coherent, and chronological history of Britain and the wider world. Students will be taught how to identify significant events, make connections and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time. They will also develop key, transferable skills such as, how to formulate an argument, how to communicate effectively, how to analyse, and the spirit of enquiry.  Through all of this, we aim to engage and enthuse our students and hopefully cultivate a lifelong love of the subject.

History curriculum vision

  1. Every student will have a clear understanding of Britain’s past, and how that has a place in understanding the wider world. This will be shown through their understanding of concepts such as cause and consequence.
  2. Every student will develop skills surrounding questioning, thinking critically, considering evidence and coming to conclusions that show an understanding of perspective and judgement.
  3. Every student will start to consider the lives of others, both past and present; how society has an impact on both the world and the individuals within it. This in turn will allow students to develop their own identities with the ability to make well researched informed decisions.
  4. Every student will develop the skills of a Historian through challenging information that is presented, taking into account its source, viewpoint and possible interpretations.
  5. Every student will be able to place their understanding of History in amongst the other Social Sciences taking into consideration culture, economy, the military, political influences, religion and timescale.

History curriculum intent

  • To equip students to think critically, weigh evidence, and formulate arguments.
  • To develop ‘second-order thinking’, in regard to causation, change and continuity, similarity and difference, significance and chronological understanding.
  • To enable students to better understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
  • To develop student’s communication skills by developing their ability to listen, acknowledge and ask perceptive questions
  • To ensure that all pupils have a solid foundation for GCSE study and beyond.


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 7

1066 and all that

The Norman conquest

How religious were people in the Middle Ages?

Life in the Middle Ages (Health and power)

Life in the Middle Ages (Health and power)

Here comes the Tudors

Year 8

Elizabeth I


African Kingdoms

The slave trade

The Industrial Revolution in Britain

Crime and punishment

Year 9

Jack the ripper

Causes and course of WWI

Inter-war Britain

World War II

The Holocaust

The Cold War




Knowledge organisers:

Year 7

Year 7 Term 1 The Norman conquest 1066

Year 7 Term 2 The Norman Conquest 1066 Pt 2

Year 7 Term 3 How religious were people in the Middle Ages?

Year 7 Term 4 Medieval events

Year 7 Term 5 Ming China

Year 7 Term 6 Here come the Tudors

Year 8

Year 8 Term 1 Elizabeth

Year 8 Term 2 The Stuarts

Year 8 Term 3 Africa

Year 8 Term 4 The slave trade

Year 8 Term 5 The Industrial Revolution

Year 8 Term 6 The British Empire

Year 9

Year 9 Term 1 Jack the ripper

Year 9 Term 2 World War I

Year 9 Term 3 The Inter-war period

Year 9 Term 4 Hitler's rise to power

Year 9 Term 5 The Holocaust

Year 9 Term 6 Conflict and tension between the East and West

Useful websites:

GCSE Revision [Edexcel, BBC Bitesize]


KS3 History [BBC Bitesize]


History Podcasts [Homeschool History, BBC Radio 4]


A playlist of useful history videos KS3 [YouTube, BBC Teach]


Online KS3 history lessons [Oak National Academy]